|Birth Day:||November 19, 1978|
|Birth Place:||London, England|
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Jazz bassist who has performed as a sideman with such jazz greats as Ronny Jordan, Bob Reynolds and Marcus Miller. As a bandleader, he has won acclaim for releases like Mystery to Me (2004), It Only Happens Once (2012) and American Elm (2016).
His musical training began with classical guitar lessons at age 11. He also took drum lessons from Buzzcocks drummer Danny Farrant.
Gwizdala's beginnings in music started at age 11 with classical guitar lessons at the Merton Music Foundation from Peter Woodings, as well as study in classical music through brass ensembles and orchestral percussion, drum lessons with now Buzzcocks drummer Danny Farrant, and participation in almost every style and genre of ensemble that was offered by the MMF. Through these early years Gwizdala's main interest was in drums, and it was the lure of one of his favorite drummers, Ian Thomas, that convinced him to attend a local jazz gig at the Gun Tavern in Croydon with a friend, the band leader Laurence Cottle. The next day a bass was purchased and Gwizdala followed Cottle around London and the UK, learning everything he could. A job at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London as assistant sound engineer led to meeting Brazilian jazz musicians Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. After an invitation to sit in with them in London in 1998, it was on Flora's advice that Gwizdala move to the U.S. and attend Berklee College of Music.
Mystery to Me, released in 2004, was recorded at Manhattan Center Studios in front of a live audience in one take. It features Mark Turner, Jojo Mayer, Elliot Mason, Tim Miller, Gretchen Parlato, Gregoire Maret, and John Ellis.
Live at the 55bar was recorded live over two nights in November 2007 and released on 7 February 2008. It features Oli Rockberger, Elliot Mason, Brad Mason, Justin Vasquez, Tobias Ralph, and Tim Miller.
The Space In Between, Janek's third album as a leader, was released on 26 October 2010. The album features Jojo Mayer, Tim Miller, Mike Stern, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Airto Moreira, Bob Reynolds, Doug Wamble, and Audun Waage.
Janek married Bethany Geaber.
Currently, Janek Gwizdala is 44 years, 0 months and 15 days old. Janek Gwizdala will celebrate 45th birthday on a Sunday 19th of November 2023. Below we countdown to Janek Gwizdala upcoming birthday.